General Interview Questions

  1. Please think about your most significant accomplishment. Now, could you tell me about it?
  2. Describe a personality conflict you’ve had with a co-worker. How did you deal with it? How was it resolved?
  3. What were the circumstances concerning leaving your last job?
  4. Of all your jobs, which did you like best and why? Least and why? Give examples.
  5. Describe the kind of co-worker that annoys you the most. What kinds of people do you like working with?
  6. Why do you think this company should hire you? What strengths, specifically, do you bring to this job?
  7. What do you expect from the company that hires you? How can we meet your needs?
  8. What two things do you wish to avoid in your next job? Why?
  9. If you had a choice, what hours of work would you prefer? Why?
  10. What will your last supervisor tell me are your three greatest assets? How has at least one of those made a difference?
  11. What do you feel are two important traits a supervisor should have? Why?
  12. How would you describe your previous supervisor? How did you know if you were doing well or made a mistake? What comments did you receive on reviews?
  13. If you could have made two improvements in your last job, what would they have been? Did you suggest these? What happened?
  14. What did you do when your supervisor made a decision that you strongly disagreed with?
  15. What are your plans for self-improvement or personal development? What specific improvements have you made this year?
  16. What makes you tick? What really gets you excited?
  17. Are there any reasons why you cannot arrive on time and stay at work all day on a regular basis?
  18. Describe an experience when you did more than was ordinarily expected.
  19. If you had the opportunity, how would you feel about spending time training others? Why do you feel you would be a good choice to do that?
  20. What is most important to you about your job? Why?
  21. What kind of working environment do you prefer? Why?
  22. Describe for me the leadership positions that you have held in school, work, and the community.
  23. Are there any reasons why you would be unable to fill this job on a daily basis for the next 12 months?
  24. How do you keep abreast of current changes in your field?
  25. Tell me about someone who has influenced your life. What happened, and how did it make a difference?
  26. What was the largest hurdle you have had to overcome? (Either business or personal.)
  27. How do you define success?
  28. What do you know about us, and why do you want to work here?
  29. What have you learned from your mistakes? Give an example.
  30. Describe an area that needs improvement or work. How have you tackled it?
  31. How have your previous employers treated you? Give an example of a problem you encountered and how you handled it.
  32. What would you look for in a working relationship with me?
  33. What are your thoughts on working additional hours, or at the last minute, or on a weekend, or even on a holiday if necessary?
  34. Would you rather work in a fast pace, hectic environment or more even keeled, less hectic? Why?
  35. What system do you have for checking your work before it is turned in?
  36. What adjectives would you use to describe your personality?
  37. Do you use goal-setting in either your business or personal life; and if so, how?